Carers Trust is delighted to announce that Thea Stein will be Chief Executive for the new charity, which was formed on the merger of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care on 1 April 2012.

Currently Chief Executive of Yorkshire Forward, one of the Regional Development Agencies for England, Thea started her career as a Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist and has spent more than 20 years working for Health Authorities, Health Boards and Local Authorities in England and Scotland. She was one of the first Joint Directors for Adult Social Care and Health Care commissioning in the UK and subsequently was Chief Executive of Leeds North Primary Care Trust.

Thea, who will be joining Carers Trust in September this year says:

"I’m thrilled to be appointed as Chief Executive of Carers Trust, the leading charity for carers. There are already six million unpaid carers in the UK and the number is set to increase to nine million as people are living longer lives, particularly disabled people and those with long-term conditions.

"I’m looking forward to working with Carers Trust’s valued network of local carers’ centres and schemes to ensure that carers have the support they need to allow them to continue in their caring role.’"

Andrew Cozens, Chair of Trustees at Carers Trust, said: "I’m extremely pleased that Thea Stein will be joining Carers Trust in September. I know she will be pivotal in making our vision for carers into reality so they have access to the quality support and services they need to live their own lives."

Anne Roberts currently leading the new organisation in its next steps towards full integration will step down in August this year: "‘I’m delighted that Carers Trust is up and running and it’s great to get to this point. The two organisations came together because we believe by working together we could create a more sustainable organisation which was better able to reach carers and support them right across the UK."

Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, has agreed to be President of Carers Trust, a role she has held at The Princess Royal Trust for Carers since it formed in 1991. Both charities’ networks will continue to provide support to carers under their local brands, and are not expected to merge locally as a result of the national merger.